Can Hurricane Fly Do It Again?
Hurricane Fly is once again locking horns with old foe Jezki in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown this weekend.
Having come out on top in both head to heads this season, Ruby Walsh will be anticipating a hat-trick of wins for Hurricane Fly as he bids for his 22nd Grade One success.
Battling to a half-length victory last time out in the Ryanair Hurdle, it was 7-year-old Jezki in the hands of AP McCoy who took the initiative on the final turn. Walsh then pounced at the final hurdle and led Hurricane fly to a narrow victory.
This was 11-year-old Hurricane’s fourth victory in that race and his 9th in as many starts at Leopardstown.
Walsh said recently: “He was written off after Jezki beat him at Cheltenham and Punchestown, but I’ve always had faith in him. We’re two-nil up on Jezki going into Sunday’s Irish Champion Hurdle, but the reigning Cheltenham Champ has been getting closer every time.”
Hurricane’s stable companion Arctic Fire is set to be involved once again after staying on strongly to take third last time out. With Faugheen, another Mullins-trained gelding, it’s hard to see anyone taking the Champion Hurdle away from the County Carlow trainer.
Back Hurricane Fly for another win in Sunday’s Irish Champion Hurdle